Walk This Way: Lyndale Avenue

Completed in March 2015, this walk is one of many  I have planned along major Twin Cities thoroughfares. On the day of the walk, I tweeted my adventures using #LyndaleWalk.

Walk stats

Distance: 20.2 miles

Elapsed time: 7:21:41

Moving time: 5:41:32

Average pace: 16:52/mile

FitBit step total for the day: 45,012 steps

The route

After reading A midday escape on Lyndale Avenue in the Southwest Journal last year, I decided I wanted to walk the entire length of the major thoroughfare as one of my local walking challenges.

This walk had me step foot in four cities: Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington.

Within Minneapolis, I was in 14 neighborhoods: Lind-Bohanen, Webber-Camden, McKinley, Hawthorne, Near-North, Sumner-Glenwood, Harrison, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, CARAG, East Harriet, Lynnhurst, and Kenny. Since Lyndale is the boundary for several of those neighborhoods, the list would be different had I walked on the east side of the street but for the most part I was on the west side during my time in the Minneapolis section.

Map of Lyndale Avenue walk

18 miles of Lyndale Avenue

Janelle standing by Lyndale Avenue street sign

Janelle standing at her starting point

The start of my Lyndale Avenue walk was at 57th Avenue North in Brooklyn Center near the Mississippi River. After I returned from my walk I realized that I should have started north of 62nd Avenue North. Good thing I’m not a perfectionist! (ha!)

Janelle at the end of the walk

The end of my Lyndale Avenue walk was at the Minnesota River (closest numbered street was W 106th Street).

Caught my eye along the way

The walk starts along the Mississippi River. It was difficult for me to leave the water but I had to in order to stay on Lyndale Avenue.

Mississippi River

View of the Mississippi River along Lyndale Avenue around 57th Avenue North

North Mississippi Regional Park

North Mississippi Regional Park

Driving along I-94, you may not know there is a beautiful park behind the sound barrier. North Mississippi Regional Park has great views of the Mississippi River, walking and biking trails, a playground, and a picnic area. Next time I’m at the park, I’ll check out the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center.

Do not enter sign

A few clues that I should have crossed the Interstate at 53rd Street to walk along W Lyndale Avenue N.

Building at 44th Avenue N and Lyndale Avenue

Building at 44th Avenue N

Read more about this building thanks to the investigative work of Ghost Signs of Minneapolis.

Train crossing

Train delay

Camden shopping center

Camden shopping center

Zoran Mojsilov sculpture

Scuplture by Zoran Mojsilov

Fairview Park bench

Fairview Park is a great place to sit and look at the skyline

I need to sit on this bench in Farview Park at sunrise.

United Faith Pentecostal Church


One of the times I was unsure where it was safe to walk.

Sculpture in front of Heritage Park

Celebration of Life Mural was torn down to make way for Heritage Park development

This sculpture marks the spot where the Celebration of Life mural once stood. It was torn down to make way for the Heritage Park housing development. Images of the mural by Bill Cottman.

Art on side of building

I love driving by this piece of art – it isn’t quite the same on foot.

View of downtown Minneapolis

I wanted to stay close to the Minneapolis skyline which is where I went wrong and had to back track to stay on Lyndale.

Interstate signs

I was off track at this point – I wonder why?

The Basilica of Saint Mary

Basilica from a different angle than I normally see it.

Spoonbridge and Cherry

This is so Minneapolis – Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Bus stop at Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues

The most ridiculous bus stop in the city of Minneapolis.

Will this section of Lyndale Avenue be improved as a result of the Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project?

Common Roots Cafe

Lunch stop at Common Roots Cafe

Scott met me for lunch at one of our favorite places on Lyndale Avenue – Common Roots Cafe. He was sick so unfortunately he couldn’t join me for the walk.

Yarn bombed trees in front of French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Yarn bombed trees in front of French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

Midtown Greenway

Midtown Greenway

LynLake Brewery sign says "Oh March, you tease"

LynLake Brewery is so right

Sidewalk blocked by a truck


46th Street scarecrows

46th Street scarecrows

This couple went missing.
Then they were found.

Home at Lyndale Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway

Home at Lyndale Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway

Cookie monster at Washburn Library

Cookie monster at Washburn Library

I stopped at Washburn Library at 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue South for a quick break. Urban hiking should always involve stops at local libraries!

South Lyndale Liquors at 53rd Stree

South Lyndale Liquors at 53rd Street

Richfield sign

Made it across the border without incident.

Crosswalk at Lyndale Avenue and I-494

Preparing to cross over I-494 in Bloomington

Toro corporate campus

Toro corporate campus, 8111 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN

Great Bear Center, 9070 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN

Great Bear Center, 9070 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN

David Fongs

David Fong’s has been open since 1958

David Fong’s has been open since 1958 and is the meeting place for the Bloomington Lion’s Club.

Mall sign

A motley collection of small businesses at 99th Street in Bloomington.

Southernmost tip of Lyndale Avenue in the Twin Cities

A pretty end to Lyndale and a roundabout so I could walk back if I wanted


At the southend of Lyndale Avenue is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

At the end of the 18 mile walk, I was ready to head home even though I wanted to explore the wildlife refuge. Have you ever been to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge? The Louisville Swamp Unit trails are beautiful.

Future walks

Other major streets to serve as future walking adventures:

  • Lake Street & Marshall Avenue
  • Cedar Avenue
  • Hennepin Avenue
  • France Avenue
  • Nicollet Avenue
  • University Avenue
  • 38th Street (great idea Jason!)

What’s your favorite street to explore in the Twin Cities? In Minnesota? In other states or countries?

Janelle Nivens

About Janelle Nivens

Janelle is an urban explorer who likes to challenge herself to walk long distances (40 miles is her record). She lives in southwest Minneapolis with Scott and their adorable dog Stewie and works at the University of Minnesota. Janelle documents what catches her eye on long walks in hopes of inspiring others to discover hidden gems in their own communities. Walk with her on Instagram, Twitter (@Janellie23), and FitBit.

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